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hmmm, never was that bad that i needed to take a month off. change your routine, visit new trails. that should bring back the passion.

having said that, there are some days i just don't feel like going out and i'll skip a ride or two. then there are the days when i just don't have any energy or i'll do something stupid like eat donuts and milk just before a ride. you just suffer through and come back strong the next day out.
 

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Was doing great a couple of weeks ago, then got thrown off-schedule by not feeling well, then a tourist friend came to town.........

Vowed that this would be the "return" week. Rode all weekend. Took yesterday off. Rode to work today, and figured no riding after work due to thick humidity and stupid heat. Ah, what the hell, let's try for a lap.....did another......suffered through a third before hitting a wall.

VERY glad I did. Most often, it's just laziness, but once I'm riding I don't really want to stop.

Sometimes I say to myself, there might come a time when I'll actually have a life, and won't be able to ride for a while- childbirth, family, new job, whatever. Hey, in theory it could happen! So I try to ride as much as possible while I can. But a day or a week off here and there doesn't hurt.
 

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I get burned out on cycling every year by late August. Riding is just too much fun to not overdo it every summer! Try as I might, I can never seem to avoid overdoing it. The yearly burnout used to bug me, used to be really psychologically disturbing, used to drive me to all sorts of stupid conclusions about values and personality and such. But for many years now I've been used to all that, so it's no big deal. The burnout comes along, I switch to other activities for a while, and all is well by the time the second season comes around a month later. It all works out in the end.
 

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burnt out!

you need 6 or 7 bikes that are all setup differently, if of course your spouse will allow the garage being full of parts and wheels and such. use a different bike for every mood, they dont all have to be hotrods.
 

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I think if you do ANYTHING for long enough you'll eventually get burned out. I write music (my main passion) and a couple times a year it happens to me too. I don't even sweat it anymore, just do something else, take care of any business youv'e been putting off while you have the freetime. Experience other things in life. If it's truly important to you, you'll be back in the saddle eventually and happy as ever.
 

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I don't know if it is just the heat or not but I have been burnt out of riding my dirtbike for the first time in my life..?????....I have spent more time on my mountain bike this year ....
 

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Damn, a month off! In the northeast, that's a huge chunk of riding season out the door. Maybe a few days or a week off but only to let the body recoop from damage.

Try riding someplace different on a different bike, alone, and slowly. It's like taking your girl on a long walk, just don't start talking to your rig or people may look at you funny.
 

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New motivation

We just had a little baby boy, I am finding my desire to ride increasing. Got to be in shape and live a long time for him! Plus I did buy a brand spankin new Kona Kula Primo, that helped too!:yesnod:
 

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Always good to haver multiple interests, especially with "sports;" variety keeps me from getting injured. Ergo, I trail run, ride on the road and the dirt, rock climb, ski (badly), canyoneer, even go kayaking upon occasion and climb a couple mountains each year. (Also why I don't see the point of having 6 bikes, too many other toys.)

For the last year biking has been the thing, before that it was canyoneering, before that trad climbing, etc. It was humble pie going bouldering two days ago after two months off, but it also keeps life interesting. Skills and fitness also cross-pollinate, resulting in higher overall performance.

In short, I never burn out, I just shift focus.
 

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Jerk_Chicken said:
Just as the title states. I was burnt and didn't ride for the last month. Last Sunday's ride was fantastic. My best in months on a newer, heavier ride, no less.
i hate to say it, but yes. happens every year around october/november. i just want snow to ski on. i get little motivation issues here and there. but all I usually need is a change of scenery. either to ride more MTB, or to ride more road, or to do a new route, or to go dirt jumping... or just something different.
 
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